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Connects the yank exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the center East.
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22 And it is precisely this duplicitous logic of the repressive hypothesis, pushed to its nuanced extreme, that, as in the case of Fukuyama’s argument, contemporary liberal democratic societies, especially the United States, employ to justify their colonialist interventions in Third World countries. S. involvement in Vietnam bears witness to this. Even before the demise of French control in Indochina with the fall of Dien Bien Phu (May 7, 1954), America—the presidency, the Congress, the Pentagon, the culture industry—predictably justified its intervention by insistently distinguishing its motives as radically different from those informing the decadent colonialism of Old World France.
31 26 American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization VII I will return later in this book to Said’s provocative retrieval of empire’s spectral Others—his bringing of this marginalized figure out of the shadows of imperialism’s periphery to center stage, as it were. ” But, as I have suggested, it remains inadequate to this most difficult of tasks, not impossible. 33 It is also, and primarily, the result of a paradoxically limited historical sense. Despite its insistent appeal to history against theory, this praxis-oriented “postcolonial” criticism, like the genealogical criticism of Foucault and even Said, from which it ultimately derives, is not historical enough.
I mean, to retrieve and reconstellate into the present historical occasion the forgotten and decisively important ideological function of the ruse of the Pax Romana, the peace of what I have been calling the Pax Americana. On the other hand, I do not want to suggest that the theoretical perspective of Heidegger’s Abgeschiedene as such (or, for that matter, its poststructuralist allotropes) is entirely adequate to this task of resistance either, since the consequences of his (and, in a different way, of those he influenced) failure to adequately think the political imperatives of his interrogation of Western ontology are now painfully clear.